1839 50C Seated, No Drapery VF30 Certification #10796979, PCGS #6230

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1839 "No Drapery" Half Dollar is named after it's most obvious feature -- the lack of a fold of drapery beneath Liberty's left arm (the one on the viewer's right). Later in the year, the obverse design was modified, not only by adding the drapery, but by changing the shape of the rock on which Liberty sits, and by altering the folds in her gown. 

According to the PCGS Population Report (as of June 2011), the 1839 No Drapery Half Dollar is slighly more scarce than the 1839 With Drapery Half Dollar, not only in all grades, but in Mint State, as well.  The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS-63 (11 graded).  The 1839 No Drapery Half Dollar becomes very scarce in MS-64 and authentically rare in MS-65 (3 graded).  None have been graded finer.

 

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
100000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
245
Pop Lower
68
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1500 R-4.8 1 / 1 99 / 126 TIE
All Grades 50 R-8.5 1 / 1 51 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 1 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade

Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5558 - Heritage 8/2011:7161, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2011:5147, $115,000 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7356, not sold - Heritage 8/3/2012:5150, $152,750

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Lawrence Stack Type Set, sold privately in 1/2003 - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5026, $141,000 - The Type Set Collection (Oliver Jung) (PCGS Set Registry) - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade